Student government on the San Diego campus began to evolve after an informal meeting of local undergraduate students and the dean of student affairs in August, 1964. From this gathering came a constitution committee and a communications committee, whose function it was to initiate campus publications.
The first action of the constitution committee was to create an enabling document which served to enfranchise the student body, allowing them to function as an associated student body until a constitution could be formulated. They followed this action with the establishment of an advisory committee to assist students in the formation of clubs and campus organizations; they also prepared a draft for San Diego's first student body constitution. The draft was presented to the students at a Constitution Convention held in November, 1964, where it was modified and revised; the result was accepted by general student vote a week after the convention.
Selection of student body officers, including president, vice president, ASUCSD senate representatives, judges, and Associated Women Students' and Associated Men Students' presidents, took place at the first campus election in December, 1964.
The student body president and his appointed cabinet constitute the executive branch of student government The ASUCSD senate, composed of representatives elected from each of the classes and eventually, from each of the proposed 12 colleges, served as the legislative branch. The judicial council, comprised of four elected and three senate-appointed judges, served as the judicial branch. The judicial council was responsible for the constitutionality of government operations and upholding the honor spirit or honor system, a code which places students "on their honor" to act in accordance with University regulations. These three branches functioned as the mainstay of student government.
In the mid-1960's, the student body on the San Diego campus was still small enough to allow a high percentage of students to take an active part in the development of the government. The most important function of the present governmental organization was to create a foundation sound enough to adapt to a continuously growing campus.
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